Sunday, 22 May 2016

Northern Allusions

(St Corentin.)

St Corentin forgive me for saying this but the old gangrel Corentinus with his staff reminds me of that other old gangrel, Wodan the Wanderer.

And here is another Northern European allusion. I like the style of the Scandian sea captain, Gunnung Ivarsson, who has secret sex with Dahut, procastinates, promises to challenge Gratillonius the following day, has sex again, then robs her and leaves Ys very early in the morning. The duper duped.

Her clandestine wrong-doing is by now writ large for all to see except her deluded father who even strikes his friend, Corentinus. No good can come off this. However, I must be about other activities for the rest of today.


  1. Kaor, Paul!

    I immediately thought of another "old gangrel" from literature: Gandalf the Grey. We often see him in THE HOBBIT and THE LORD OF THE RINGS as seemingly an inconsequential old man. One example being when Aragorn and his friends saw an old man at Fangorn Forest they thought at first was the traitor Saruman.

    And, yes, I like how Gunnung Ivarsson outwitted Dahut and refused to challenge Gratillonius (altho of course he had to immediately leave Ys, for safety's sake).

    And Gratillonius was not the only one who refused to believe anything Dahut did was bad or questionable. Maeloch was also among those who were just as deluded.


    1. Sean,
      Gandalf - good.
      And Gunnung's treatment of Dahut prefigures Niall's treatment of her - a point that I should have highlighted and also should return to.

    2. Kaor, Paul!

      With the difference, of course, that Gunnung was not a powerful king (even if a barbarian) with a very personal grudge and feud against Ys. But, yes, Niall was also to outwit and dupe Dahut. Not the other way about.